The Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian displays 2-dimensional artwork by local artists for one month. You can view the art gallery when the church office is open (Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm), or on Sunday mornings during and following church services. One Sunday each month, the artist is present between Sunday services to meet with others to speak about their work. In addition, some artists may choose to hold a separate  reception for their artwork.

October Artist

Amy Petrie Shaw

Amy Petrie Shaw works in a variety of media.

Her work is characterized by use of vivid colors and distorted perspective, with bold use of line. She is heavily influenced by mid-20th century artists Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sam Francis, and often uses thick material applications, layering, and compositing to bring depth and life to her work.

Shaw studied with mid-Century Modernist painter and sculptor JL Haley, and with Cincinnati-based collage artist and painter Betty Dayton-Cautley.

Church is art. Art is religion. When Amy is not covered in paint and ink, she is the senior minister at First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

Amy currently lives in West Des Moines with her beloved friends Nancy and Doug, her feline minions Dippy-Cat, Nike the Great, and Marshmallow, and an ever-growing tribe of wandering wildlife.

To purchase prints or other items with Shaw’s work, please go to either or to Her work can also be found at retail stores Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and at Canada’s Framing and Art Centre.

For licensing or digital use of images or designs, please contact her directly.

How to Apply

If you would like to show your artwork on the Art Gallery wall at First Unitarian, please submit the completed forms below. If you have any questions, you may contact Linda Mathews at

Art Gallery Policy

Artist Instructions & Application Form

Past Artists in our Art Gallery!